Blockchain company Bitfury has been tweaking, and they modded an already internet enabled coffee machine to accept bitcoin through the Lightning network. A Raspberry Pi computer and an unique circuit board, designed by the LightningPeach team within Bitfury, is all what is needed to pay 15,800 satoshis for a coffee. The coffee machine is not connected to the regular Bitcoin network, but to the Lightning Network which will reduce fees, crypto news website Coindesk wrote.
“With a small computer and a chip, which is assembled by us or is easy to reproduce … it is much easier to pay with cryptocurrencies than with credit cards, because you don’t need your credit cards at all, you just need your mobile device,” spokesperson Vasyl Grygorovych said in a statement.
It should be relatively easy to install the chip in every internet-enabled device. Users will then be able to scan a QR code on the machine, and pay using their phone.
There are no plans yet to make the product public. So for now there’s only bitcoin coffee in the office of Bitfury. But the idea was to see if the concept of such a modification to existing hardware was feasible, which it seems to be.